Volunteers Needed for the Good News Club at Jackson Elementary School

This fall the Good News Club of Atlanta-Fulton will start an after-school bible club for children in grades one through five at Jackson Elementary school.

The Good News Club is part of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), which for over 80 years has been a recognized leader in evangelizing and discipling children world-wide in the Word of God, and in establishing them in local churches for Christian living.

The goal of CEF Atlanta-Fulton is to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ available to every one of the 75,000+ children within the city of Atlanta and Fulton county. Through the establishment of Good News Clubs in schools and after-school venues, trained adult volunteers present an exciting story from the Bible, songs, Scripture memory, and review games and other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.

The fact that a young child can comprehend the simple message of salvation and become a child of God forms the foundational principle of all that CEF does.

How does the Good News Club work? The after-school Good News Club is treated as any other after-school club. The 2001 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Good News Club vs. Milford Central School, ruled that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools after school hours on the same terms as other community groups.

CEF partners with churches, trains and screens adult volunteers from partner churches to teach, disciple and evangelize children. Elementary School-age children may attend Good News Club only with signed Registration Form from Parents or Guardians. The 1 ½ hour Good News Club is held for one day per week after school. Club days follow the school calendar, meeting on full school days— (typically) for 10-12 weeks in the Fall and 10-12 weeks in the Spring (September–April).

While sharing the love of Jesus, trained leaders mentor the students and become role models for the children to trust and share their lives. Children learn respect for authority, moral values, character qualities and how to apply Biblical principles to school relationships. School Principals testify that children’s lives are changed: “the Good News Club has been a successful part in our curbing bullying and classroom disrespect from children”, “the Good News Club provides reading practice, mentoring and positive role models”, “kids and parents love it, and the teachers are the absolute best! They are a joy to have on campus”.

According to Sanford Dunklin, Apostles member, and a volunteer at the Good News Club, mentoring these precious elementary school children was a wonderful experience. “Each week, we had about 8-12 2nd through 5th graders, and we would teach them a bible lesson, work on a short scripture memory, and play a game to reinforce the day’s lesson. As an empty nester I looked forward to being with these children at our Good News Club every week. Knowing that we were a part of helping these young ones understand the message of salvation and become one of God’s children was a true blessing.” 

For more information contact:
Mona Norton
Good News Club local director